Fish On! With Denver's Mississippi River Guide Service!


Mississippi River & St. Croix River Fishing Guide Denver McKinnon. Over 38 years of experience!

Denver has been fishing the Mississippi River system for over 38 years. With a lot of experience on the river, Denver feels that guiding is the best way to pass on the Mississippi River and St. Croix river knowledge he has gained over the years.

Whether interested in bring home fish for dinner or looking for a trophy, Denver will do his best to provide you with a happy and exciting day. You can choose the target species between Walleyes, Sauger, and Crappie. The techniques you learn with Denver will help you when you are out on your own on the Mississippi River and St. Croix River. Denver guides on the Pool 2 (St. Paul), Pool 3 (Hastings), and Pool 4 (Red Wing) of the Mississipi River. He also guides on the St. Croix from Hudson all the down to Hastings. Book a trip today with Denver's guide Service, and let your Mississippi or St. Croix River fishing adventure begin!

Check out Denver's recent Mississippi River fishing reports. He adds a report almost each time he is out, so check back often to see what the fish are up to! Also, take a look at his Mississippi River trip logs to see stories from his client trips and testimonials!

"Thanks again so much for a great day fishing. My dad and I had a great time. Good luck with the softball in Mankato and drive safe." - Matt (Red Wing trip 09/23/11)

Post spawn walleyes

The bite is now changing to post spawn techniques.  Over the last week the bite has been consistent for my boat on several trips to the mighty Mississippi River.  Although the best overall bite had been vertical jigging I have noticed the bite changing each day.  

With the water temperatures topping out at 56 degrees in my boat and the flow reaching 20000 cfps.  The walleyes and saugers have gone into their spawning and have started heading back down the system.  Each day will be different and you better be willing to bounce around to put numbers into the boat.  

Last week I had the pleasure of having  Todd, Rich, and Randy in the boat.  We vertical jigged 90 percent of the day and boated several walleye, sauger and white bass.   The boys wanted to take a few of the white bass home to try out.  I'll be interested to know what they thought of them later.  Rich ended up having the hot hand today catching not only the most but the biggest fish of the day.  Great time guys I look forward to another day in the future with you gentlemen.  

Thursday I had Brian (fern dog) and his father Larry.  Starting out the morning vertical jigging Larry had these fish pegged with his technique.  After a couple hours we went to dragging plastics around and that where fern dog had his advantage on his dad.  We did this for quite some time till it slowed and then went back to vertical jigging where both guys started putting fish into the live well.  Great day gentlemen.  Maybe we can get out this summer for some trolling and dragging crawlers around.   I had a blast as always with you Brian and it was great to meet your dad.  

My baits of choice in the coming days will be pulling the rig with both flicker shads and jointed shad raps.  Don't be afraid to pull bait around in the holes you may get a big surprise moving down the river.  

Good luck out there guys and gals !!!!!!

 
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